TetherGPS Turns Your NOOKcolor Into a GPS Device


A new application called TetherGPS has hit the Android market that helps you use GPS features on non-GPS devices, such as a NOOKcolor. The application works by installing a server on the GPS-enabled phone you’re using and a client on the NOOK.

From there, the phone will feed the device GPS information over WiFi. (The NOOK has to be on the same WiFi network, so users would have to use their phones to tether.)

Sounds a bit cumbersome, but it’s a neat-sounding utility that only adds more functionality to what has quickly become the most popular budget tablet out there. Head to the Android market if you can find some use for this thing. [Engadget]

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. Works great. Navigation voice cuts short though. Just need a mount for the Nook.

  2. For $3.00 there plenty of free GPS aps out there that do almost anything you want. If they had a free trial period or a free app of this I would try it. But I am not going to spend a dime for anything that I at least didn’t have a chance to try.

  3. Why??? if you already have an GPS android phone why would you need to do this?

  4. I don’t get it. If you use your phone’s GPS to make this work, why not just use you phone?

  5. For the bigger screen.

  6. “Why?” You asked? Hello! 7″display?

  7. @Garet and Logan, just like you would prefer to have a “50 TV instead a “19, its just nicer and easier to have a bigger screen to that you wouldn’t have to strain your eyes to look at. I usually use my navigation more visually, because I like to listen to the radio or my service truck is too loud to hear the nav voices. If they had a cheap car dock for the Nook this app would have “winning” written all over it. As it is now, its a great idea.

  8. Because, the nook has a bigger screen.

  9. The difference is having to look and navigate using a 2-3inch screen, or using your nook as a car navigation system. Also then you can still see the navigation while you talk on the phone.

  10. Lol, I can put a 32″ display in my truck, hooked up to my laptop and run GPS that way too….but I don’t.

  11. ok. make this work off my 3G mifi on verizon and we’re in business.

  12. Adwheeler: Lots of people would if Steve Jobs told them it was “magical.”

  13. @Adam,
    I partially agree with you, but the current apps already vocalize to the user. There is almost no need to look at the map itself, EVER. Not to mention that using a device without a GPS chip built in doesn’t give you terribly accurate turn by turn directions anyway. It’s nice to give you a rough idea of where you are going but if you are “driving blind” you will probably miss your, merge, exit, etc. This comes from personal experience.

  14. I have a ViewSonic G tablet and this is something I’ve been looking for. I haven’t downloaded yet, so I can’t speak for how well this works, but I just like to have the capability, despite the fact that I may not often use it, I like to know that I can. Hence the reason I buy Android and not *apple hahaha

  15. @ Bella
    “It’s nice to give you a rough idea of where you are going but if you are “driving blind” you will probably miss your, merge, exit, etc. This comes from personal experience.”

    are you saying that you have a color nook and have tried this?

  16. what I would to see is an App combo that would just display what is on my phone on to the color nook in real time, so I could answer a call while using navagation and it would be cool for pandora and stuff.

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